HOW TO: Make an all-purpose herbal healing balm for little ones

by 12/19/14   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, green family, green kids, health & body, how-to

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HOW TO: Make organic vegan fudge in 10 minutes!

by 12/18/14   filed under: baking, cooking, food, green family, green kids, healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, recipes

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Wooden Story natural, handmade blocks bring peace and love to the playroom

by 12/18/14   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green kids, green toys, kid friendly, kids entertainment

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Study finds toxic chemicals linked to serious health threats are in holiday products sold at popular retailers like Target & Walgreens

by 12/18/14   filed under: green holiday ideas for kids, news, toxins

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Back during the Halloween season, HealthyStuff.org found that a lot of Halloween products contained unhealthy, toxic chemicals. Now, HealthyStuff.org has expanded their holiday findings after testing many seasonal winter decor products. The Christmas-themed products that were tested came from major retailers, and a majority of these products contained chemicals you don’t want around your kids. Of the 69 seasonal holiday products HealthyStuff.org tested, more than two-thirds of the products contained at least one hazardous chemical at levels of concern. Categories of products tested included beaded garlands, tinsel garlands, artificial wreaths and greenery, stockings, figurines and other tabletop decorations, and gift bags. Keep reading to see some of the study results and find out how to keep your Christmas less toxic.

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HOW TO: Make a healthy, nosh-worthy, vegan holiday popcorn sampler

by 12/17/14   filed under: cooking, food, green holiday ideas for kids, healthy recipe, how-to, kid friendly, recipe, snack, vegan cooking

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FDA strongly advises against getting 'keepsake' baby ultrasounds

by 12/17/14   filed under: green pregnancy, health & body

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Baby ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to look inside the womb, and sometimes they’re perfectly necessary to check up on the size of a growing baby or make sure a fetus is breathing and moving regularly or to help diagnose some disabilities. However, for many parents, extra unnecessary ultrasounds have become a norm for the purpose of having a keepsake image of an unborn baby — and it’s these ultrasounds that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises against. In a recently updated statement the FDA notes that they “strongly discourage” the use of fetal ultrasound imaging and Doppler fetal ultrasound heartbeat monitors unless using either is medically necessary and administered by a trained health care professional. While it has been suggested that keepsake images and videos, taken during ultrasounds, may help promote parent-baby bonding, the FDA says that the possible risks of extra ultrasounds aren’t worth it. Thus far, ultrasound hasn’t been shown to cause any major harm to developing fetuses, but the potential for harm is present as FDA biomedical engineer Shahram Vaezy, tells Today, ““Ultrasound can heat tissues slightly, and in some cases, it can also produce very small bubbles (cavitation) in some tissues.” Because ultrasound procedures may have long-term effects we’re not yet aware of, the FDA now officially recommends that scans be done only when medically necessary.

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HOW TO: Make squeezable homemade toothpaste your kids will love

by 12/17/14   filed under: eco toddler, green family, green kids, health & body, how-to, kid friendly

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6 non-materialistic, experiential presents that are great for kids!

by 12/16/14   filed under: education, green family, green gifts, green kids, kids entertainment, parenting

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Plyroom's modern eco-kids furniture collection offers timeless appeal to suit kids of all ages

Plyroom's modern eco-kids furniture collection offers timeless appeal to suit kids of all ages

TweetEmailThe Company Plyroom is a furniture company based in Australia but the entire collection is made in Italy in a small scale setting in collaboration with prominent…

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HOW TO: Make delicious vegan Mexican hot chocolate

HOW TO: Make delicious vegan Mexican hot chocolate

TweetEmail1. Gather the ingredients 2 cups of almond milk 1.7 ounces of dark chocolate (or to taste) 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 chili pepper 2. Heat up the milk Heat the almond…

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HOW TO: make homemade organic vapor rub

HOW TO: make homemade organic vapor rub

TweetEmail #1: Gather the Ingredients organic coconut oil (solidified) 3 drops organic lemon essential oil 3 drops organic eucalyptus essential oil 3 drops organic…

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NYC Parks & Rec immobilizes spinning playground equipment in several parks "in the interest of public safety"

NYC Parks & Rec immobilizes spinning playground equipment in several parks "in the interest of public safety"

TweetEmailIn yet another attempt to shield kids from typical fun childhood experiences the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has removed spinning disks from…

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12 cool and creative gifts you can make from upcycled wine corks

12 cool and creative gifts you can make from upcycled wine corks

Drink Coaster Who doesn’t need their very own wine cork drink coaster? If you have enough corks, make a full set in just a few minutes! + DIY Wine Cork Coasters Air Plant…

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Skip Hop hedgehog accordion engages tots with musical fun

Skip Hop hedgehog accordion engages tots with musical fun

This whimsical and adorable woodland creature will add musical fun to the playroom and makes an awesome gift for a toddler on any occasion. This engaging toy has been designed with…

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9 DIY stocking stuffers made from upcycled mint tins

9 DIY stocking stuffers made from upcycled mint tins

Tic Tac Toe Game Transform a mint tin into a traveling game of “tin tac toe” by cutting out letters from magazines and affixing to a flexible magnet strip. + Magnetic Tin Tac Toe…

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Nearly half of children in Mexico are impacted by lead poisoining from pottery & at risk for serious health problems

Nearly half of children in Mexico are impacted by lead poisoining from pottery & at risk for serious health problems

TweetEmail If you were to travel to Mexico, you’d likely admire one of the beautiful, vibrant pottery pieces that the country’s artisans are famous for…

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VEGAN BAKING RECIPES: Petey’s almond cookies

VEGAN BAKING RECIPES: Petey’s almond cookies

THE INGREDIENTS: 1.25 cups of vegan butter (Petey likes Earth Balance) 1/2 cup organic white sugar 2 cups organic flour 2 tsp almond extract 2 Tbsp water 1/4 tsp salt STEP 1: Make the…

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Congress scales back on school lunch regulations, halting limits on sodium & waiving whole grains standards

Congress scales back on school lunch regulations, halting limits on sodium & waiving whole grains standards

When it comes to school lunches, seemingly no one can win. For years the USDA school lunch program was horrible — Congress allowed schools to serve unhealthy portions, foods…

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